Each month, the Mission Economic Development Agency honors one of its dedicated volunteers — the people who are an integral part of MEDA’s ability to provide free services to low- and moderate-income Bay Area residents. Thanks to all of the selfless MEDA volunteers who choose Plaza Adelante as their second home.
Name: Dylan Hamilton
Program: Community Real Estate
Why did you decide to volunteer with MEDA?
I have been interested in MEDA for a while. When I was a kid, a friend of my family was able to avoid foreclosing on her house because of MEDA. I’m very passionate about the kind of comprehensive community development work they do here.
What projects have you worked on as a volunteer?
I have helped out with community outreach for the 2060 Folsom and 1296 Shotwell affordable-housing developments. I also helped submit our application for the Notice of Funding Availability that the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development put out.
What do you like best about volunteering at MEDA?
I like the way that all of the programs here build off of each other and reinforce each other. The staff is also great — I definitely feel like part of the MEDA family.
What have you learned from your volunteer experience?
I’ve learned a lot about all of the steps and coordination that goes into putting together an affordable-housing development. I also feel like I’ve developed a clearer understanding of San Francisco’s housing landscape and policy. My experiences here definitely contextualize what I’m learning in graduate school.
Tell us something we may not know about you. Any interesting facts you’d like to share about your life?
I was born and raised in San Francisco.
Are you looking for a great volunteer opportunity in the Mission of San Francisco? Contact Lucia Obregon at (415) 282-3334 ext. 156; firstname.lastname@example.org.